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VMFA187 last won the day on October 20 2016

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  1. F-16 Students skip Phase III

    Last I saw it was closer to $10 million to get a dude to show up to a fleet squadron as a wingman not even qualified to fly into combat. Granted, that’s in an F/A-18 but it can’t be too significantly different. I’d say you’re overestimating the number of fighter pilots you get for $600 million by a factor of 10. Which makes your argument even stronger.
  2. F-16 Students skip Phase III

    It'd probably be cheaper, easier, and more effective to give the CAF dudes more incentive to stay. The result of this, if implemented, will have a terrible effect on the fleet gun squadrons (or whatever you guys call them).
  3. F-16 Students skip Phase III

    Forgive me if I don't have this correct, but the premise is that high performing dudes in T-6s will go straight to F-15/16/22/35? What about the dudes who perform well in initial flight training only because they have a ton of flight time? I know countless dudes who selected tailhook (T-45) based on that premise and attrited because they didn't have the capacity to do the basics required in fighter aviation. I can see all sorts of issues with this approach if it comes to fruition. We're already seeing a decline in capacity of our average Cat 1 Hornet pilot showing up to the RAG compared with five years ago. I couldn't imagine what it may look like for you guys with this implemented.
  4. WTF? (**NSFW**)

    I think the link was on Pinterest or Etsy in our Tac Chat.
  5. WTF? (**NSFW**)

    Our sqdn is doing a group order.
  6. Guard Promotions

    Shhh... I've been deployed to a combat zone and managed to slip through the Navy/Marine SERE cracks. Wasn't planning on ever bringing it up if I make it into the AF Reserves/Guard and was hoping lightning might strike twice.
  7. Guard Promotions

    Hornets. SOS 2.0 is the version that I completed. It really isn't that difficult. Two months vs. two years, it was a no brainer.
  8. Guard Promotions

    What’s your background? I’m looking at doing the same but managed to knock out SOS last winter via distance learning. Its PME, so it’s not ideal, but it’s vastly superior to EWS which I chose not to complete. It only took two months.
  9. No, he alluded to other threat nations putting out A/A missiles that are more advanced than what we currently have. We won't get into the validity of the statement. But if higher believes that is one of the "biggest" issues facing Marine aviation, our leadership is severely misguided.
  10. At least he didn’t stand in front of 30+ TacAir IPs who grew up on six or seven sorties a month and proceed to state that the AIM-120 was one of the biggest problems facing USMC aviation like our head of aviation did.
  11. The AF is short 1,920 pilots, which equates to a loss of $10 billion. So by my simple math, that roughly equates to $5 million per aviator. Doesn't a bonus of $100,000 a year make more sense and still allows the AF to get off at a rate of $1 million vs $5 million if qualified dudes were to accept a 10 year contract after their initial contract is up?
  12. Thunderbird F-16 flips at KDAY

    Does the community adhere to the speed reference of twice the board number for go around? I.E., if you are greater than 100 kts at the 5 board, go around? It's pretty standard in the USN/USMC Hornet community and has probably saved more than a few dudes. We've got several mishaps on the books where guys disregarded it for one reason or another. Sorry - Canopy pooling?